Dental Implants & Periodontal Surgery
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
What are implants?
Dental implants consist of three components. The first is a biocompatible, titanium post designed to mimic your missing tooth root. Second is the abutment, this acts as an anchor or attachment for your dental restoration (part three). Implants are used to permanently replace a missing tooth and stabilize your oral health.
How can implants help?
98% of patients have found success with dental implants. Having a missing tooth not only negatively affects your health but also your confidence. Implants permanently replace missing teeth and restore your mouth to optimal function. This procedure also prevents further dental problems from taking shape by stabilizing the jawbone and surrounding teeth.
How do implants work?
To begin the area left by the missing tooth is cleaned and prepared. Next, Dr. Becerra inserts the implant post into your jaw to allow for greater stability. Time is needed for the implant to bond with your jaw so a temporary restoration might be placed. Once successful, the abutment is added and the final restoration (crown) attached on top.
As a Hingham periodontist, Dr. Becerra has the depth of knowledge and experience to place modern dental implants. She has furthered her education and enjoyed advanced training so you get the highest standard of care possible. Not everyone is a candidate for implants, but our specialized team of dentists will guide you and discuss the best course of action for your needs.
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Dental implants could change your life, so find out if you are a candidate.
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Dr. Khayat and Dr. Becerra use a specialized Cone Beam CT Scanner when planning for your dental implant placements. This scanner allows our restorative dentists to capture detailed 3-D images of your mouth, jaw, and skull. Using these images, we can evaluate if you are a candidate for implant placement and identify the best way to insert the posts.
Being able to plan and digitally perform the procedure ahead of time has proven to reduce treatment time and produce more accurate results. Our team can anticipate any potential barriers and show you how your implants will look.
After you have been prepped, our skilled implant dentist uses the CBCT scanner images as a guide when placing your actual implants. We aim to mimic the plan we have set out and quickly yet carefully restore your smile.
Oral Surgery in Hingham MA
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When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/and or injectable anesthetic such as Novocaine.
Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn’t occur.
Our team is experienced in the removal of wisdom teeth including difficult cases such as impacted teeth. This can be extremely painful so we aim to act fast wherever possible.
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Missing a tooth can cause more than just emotional problems it can cause jawbone deterioration, which can compromise your oral health or ability to have dental implants. Using digital x-rays, Dr. Becerra can strengthen your jawbone by using a bone graft. This procedure involves taking bone from one area of your mouth and placing it into the jaw (synthetic or harvested bone can also be used).
When our expert surgically places this new bone, it begins to blend with your jawbone and restores function. Bone grafting is most commonly used to facilitate the placement of dental implants. When there is not enough jawbone, an implant cannot be placed so this procedure is often used first.
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When an upper molar or premolar is missing it can cause the bone above to deteriorate. This can prevent replacement procedures such as dental implants being placed due to potential damage to the sinus pocket. To help boost the bone, a sinus lift may be recommended by Dr. Becerra.
A sinus lift involves our expert dentist in Hingham creating an access route to your sinus membrane. The membrane is then lifted to make room for a synthetic bone material. This material is then packed beneath the membrane and gradually solidifies and blends with your natural bone. Finally, the opening is covered and sutured to allow the bone time to heal.
Once completely healed, we will take digital x-rays to assess whether the sinus lift was a success and can plan your dental implants.
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Periodontists are experts in gum disease treatment also known as periodontal disease. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Becerra, has received extensive training while participating in three additional years of dental school. She is able to use these state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose and treat mild or severe periodontal disease.
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems in the U.S. today. It is caused by harmful bacteria taking shape due to poor oral hygiene. There are a number of symptoms including:
If gum disease is not treated in the early stages it can lead to further dental issues such as gum recession, misalignment of teeth, and tooth loss.
Dr. Becerra can help diagnose and fix the issues caused by periodontal disease. She maintains a high standard of care and provides patients with modern solutions.
Additionally, our Hingham periodontist has the capabilities to provide elective or cosmetic gum surgeries and is a dental implant specialist. So, whether you want to remove some excess gum tissue or replace your missing tooth, we have everything you need under one roof.
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There are a number of gum surgery procedures available to correct the effects of periodontal disease and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Our surgical specialist is able to remove severe decay from below the gum line or even reduce the size of the tooth pocket. Whether you are visiting us for cosmetic or restorative reasons, we make each surgery a comfortable experience where your health is the main focus.
All of our gum surgeries are performed by Dr. Becerra and are designed to meet your individual needs. Due to her high-level knowledge and skill, our patients enjoy a higher rate of success in both gum surgeries and dental implants.
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Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a “scaler,” or an ultrasonic cleaner is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.
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Also known as tissue grafting, this minor surgical procedure addresses the issues caused by receding gums. When performing a gum graft, your periodontist in Hingham takes healthy gum tissue and transfers it to the receding gum line. She then sutures the area and gives it some time to heal.
Restoring a healthy gum line can prevent bone loss and can give you an aesthetically pleasing smile.
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